On Mettenberger and way-out bowl predictions

Zach Mettenberger hopes for a second chance somewhere other than UGA. (wsbtv.com)

Zach Mettenberger hopes for a second chance somewhere other than UGA. (wsbtv.com)

Well, one thing we know for sure about Zach Mettenberger: He won’t be transferring to Valdosta State, as some had speculated, since he’s banished from the town that calls itself Winnersville.

Monday’s news that the former UGA quarterback had pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery stemming from the spring break bar incident in the Valdosta area frankly came as no big surprise. As I said on the day news of Mettenberger being kicked off the Bulldogs first broke, the fact that Mark Richt had taken such drastic action pointed to more than just underage drinking. And, for once, the most prevalent rumor on the grapevine — which I first heard literally minutes after the news of Mett’s dismissal — pretty much was on the money.

A couple of other thoughts on the Mettenberger situation: He indicated in his statement taking “responsibility” for his actions that he hopes to get “a second chance to compete at another university.” That should put an end to the hopes some fans had that he could return to UGA. But despite being tainted by a transgression of a sexual nature and a very public demonstration of poor judgment, that NFL-caliber arm he has and his showing in Georgia’s spring game probably will mean Mettenberger’s wish will come true. There’s talk (how credible, I don’t know) that Tommy Tuberville is interested in bringing Mettenberger to Texas Tech.

And it’s been gratifying to see that most UGA fans speaking out on the subject accept that Richt kicking Mettenberger off the team was absolutely the right thing to do. I have, however, seen a couple of postings here and there from folks who don’t think there was anything wrong with Mettenberger grabbing a young woman’s breasts and buttocks against her will and who believe it’s ridiculous that he was punished for what they seem to think should be categorized as just being a guy.

Obviously these yahoos don’t have daughters.

RIDICULOUSLY EARLY BOWL PREDICTIONS
Moving on, CollegeFootballNews.com calls its bowl picks for the coming season “ridiculously early,” but really it’s only taking things one more step than all the prognosticators who already are picking Florida in the SEC East and Alabama to repeat as SEC champ. Besides, as CFN says, “it’s always goofy fun to look at the possibilities.”

Notable for UGA fans is that CFN sees the Dogs beating Florida this season and winding up playing Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl in Miami on Jan. 3 as one of the BCS at-large picks,  with the “Florida/Georgia loser” facing Penn State in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. Says CFN of the Dogs: “Georgia has the right schedule and the returning talent to slip through to win the East over a rebuilding Florida. The Orange would snap up the Dawgs getting the first pick of at-large teams (after the Rose).”

CFN sees Alabama as an SEC champion carrying a couple of losses and winding up in the Sugar Bowl against Nebraska, though it notes “this could very, very easily be Florida, Georgia or LSU if Alabama winds up playing for the national title”— which they think would happen only if Bama has just one loss. If, as they expect, the Tide has two losses, CFN predicts Ohio State and TCU meeting in the BCS Championship game.

So … Dogs fans should root for Bama?

359 comments Add your comment

Ed

May 4th, 2010
6:35 pm

“Obviously these yahoos don’t have daughters.”

Well said, Bill. Having daughters will turn even the most conservative guy into a feminist, at least as far as your babies are concerned. Regardless, there’s no excuse for that kind of behavior. Maybe Tubs will straighten him out.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
6:56 pm

Dont blame Mett for not smiling in the picture. If I lost my job to a midget I would be upset too.

Jimmy

May 4th, 2010
7:00 pm

Ed,

I disagree w/ you. I have a three year old daughter. If what I hear about Mett’s case is accurate, this young female as is much to blame as he is. She wore a short skirt and a low cut top??

Ever heard of this saying, “Don’t advertise what youre not selling.”

If this were my daughter, I’d be the first in line to kick Mett’s a$$. THEN I would chastize her for what she was wearing in a club where she knew drunk men would be.

WEAK schedule

May 4th, 2010
7:32 pm

I predict Lizdogpoop and the rest of the lot are back in Shreveport..our schedule impresses no one

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
7:33 pm

Jimmy….you responded to a doppelganger.Mark Richts job is to compete for a SEC title.

AltamahaDawg

May 4th, 2010
7:38 pm

Jimmy first of all, you do not have your facts straight in the Montez deal so no its not a double standard. And since you are relying pretty heavy on hearsay in Mettenberg affair, how did you miss the part of what caused Richt to up the penalty at a later date?

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
7:49 pm

not only that but she was drunk and had a fake ID. Hardly a princess

Jimmy

May 4th, 2010
8:01 pm

Altamaha,

Did Robinson not get kicked off the team because he “came into contact” w/ the same female that had a restraining order out on him??

Secondly, Mett was kicked off the team for lying to Richt, which i’m fine with. But why give Robinson a second chance after he BEAT a woman? All Mett did was “innapropriately” touch a female. What he did isn’t any worse than what Robinson did.

Seems to me the lesson is not to lie to the honorable Coach Richt.

King Gator

May 4th, 2010
8:11 pm

Mett keep your hands to yourself, get a haircutt, ease up on the sauce and move on… Life is long, and you’re very young with a long ways to go. I hope he lands at TX Tech, Boise St or UM – who doesn’t love a comeback and if he earns his second chance – I hope he makes the best of it. Also, the Gators don’t rebuild, they reload. Go Gators!

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
8:26 pm

no Richts job is to compete for the mythical NC and to beat Florida. Whoops he has failed at both.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
8:28 pm

Big Dawg

May 4th, 2010
8:33 pm

Dawg girl

Not sure about who raised you..but at no time is a man to touch or fondle… harass a woman. It is not acceptable at all. Take a look at our society today. The moral compass is broken.

Jimmy

May 4th, 2010
8:45 pm

Where i’m from. Women who want to dress like sluts, get treated like sluts.

FLA DAWG

May 4th, 2010
8:46 pm

Mett’s actions were absolutely wrong but would a UGA Lady Dawg be kicked off the basketball team for grabbing a guy’s butt or chest?

Big Dawg

May 4th, 2010
8:47 pm

Wow Jimmy! Sure am glad I am not from where you are from. So let me get this straight …A woman dresses provocative and that gives you permission to lay your hands on her with out her consent? hmmm….I smell jail time …

Jimmy

May 4th, 2010
8:55 pm

Big Dawg,

No, it doesn’t give you permission. And as I said earlier, Mett received his punishment.

However, this chic had to know what was coming. Hmmmmm, let’s see, i’ll dress slutty in a bar in a freaking college town and i’ll expect nobody to grope me!

Sounds like common sense to me!

Big Dawg

May 4th, 2010
9:01 pm

” This chick had to know what was coming” Wow Jimmy! did you really write that? are you kidding me? Dude who raised you? Once again…No man has a right to touch a woman with out consent. Best of luck Jimmy in this world.

Go Dawgs!

Jimmy

May 4th, 2010
9:12 pm

Big Dawg,

This isn’t the 1950s. These women today know exactly what they are doing. Whether it’s a gold digger, like the chick in the Rothlesburger incident. Or this one w/ Mett, who just wanted the attention. Why else would a young woman dress provocatively in a bar??

We all know that no really means yes.

Big Dawg

May 4th, 2010
9:17 pm

Ok Jimmy Do me a favor PAL AND GO AND ASK YOUR MOTHER YOUR GRANDMOTHER AND YOUR PRIEST IF YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND THOUGHT PROCESS IS IN CHECK. THEN GO AND GET SOME COUNSELING. I DID SOME QUICK RESEARCH FOR YOU. IT RUNS ABOUT $85 TO $150 PER HOUR. I HOPE YOU ARE RICH.

SMITB

May 4th, 2010
9:26 pm

That boy needs a haircut.

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Jimmy

May 4th, 2010
9:33 pm

BigDawg,

Why don’t you go to a club or bar and ask these women dressed in a skirt so short I could confuse it w/ my belt why they dress like they do??

It’s simple my man. They are looking for this attention. Of course when they get it they are sorry.

And just like w/ Dez Bryant of Okie State, poor Mett is kicked off the team not because he broke a rule/law, but because he lied and tried to cover it up.

In the mean time, REAL women predators like Montez Robinson get to beat these females yet get a second chance.

Nice going coach.

Gooberdawg

May 4th, 2010
9:39 pm

ah know bout whut Metnberg goin thru. ah done grabbed ma cousin Dooleys faverte hawg th uther day an he whupped me guud. whooohoooDawgs gona be recrootin champs agin. mabe we be preseesun champ agin too

AltamahaDawg

May 4th, 2010
9:44 pm

Well first of all , I don’t know if she had a restraining order or not. I never read that. As I recall the second dispute happened in somebody bedroom. I don’t recall any kind of trespassing or breaking in being mentioned so I’d say she wasn’t exactly hiding behind a restraining order of her making. Maybe. Either way, no matter, he got boooted for that and should have.

But the point you are missing is that his first arrest was for busting her tail light. The police, not her, made that case against him based of there being a previous domestic dispute call, and some kind of continuation law.

So NO, he did not get a second chance after beating some woman. No charges were pressed. Obviously there was no evidence of physical harm, or they would have had to arrest him on the spot.
Look I’m not defending him for the first instance. Obviously he has some issue with the girl, he acted inappropriate. But you don’t kick a guy off the team because of accusation. You seem to be critical of the even handedness right? OK then nobody gets kicked off because they get into an argument with another person. THAT would be inconsistant. The tail light incident……you make the call on that. Is that the level to get kicked off or suspended? Then he had his SECOND arrest (BEAT up a woman in your words), he is gone. How is that not by the book?

And either you think lying to the coach about his very serious issue is a big deal or not. Either that was strike 2, or it’s not. Either it’s acceptable or its ground for dismisal. If so, then the sarcastic “honorable” comment is just out of line.

Me

May 4th, 2010
9:48 pm

Burger Boy got what he deserved. He’s just another jackazz that we’ve all seen at the bar a few times in our lives.If a girl is going to dress “inappropriatley” and go into a bar with intentions to create a situation, the best thing you can do is to avoid her as there are plenty of other fish in that sea. But you mix alcohol plus stupidity plus an entitled brash young kid, this is what ya got.

Me

May 4th, 2010
9:52 pm

BTW, Georgia in the Orange or Sugar Bowl?? Really? How’s a 8-4/7-5 team gonna do that???

AltamahaDawg

May 4th, 2010
10:03 pm

Are Hooters waitresses asking to be groped?

AltamahaDawg

May 4th, 2010
10:05 pm

A female bar keep trying to draw attention to herself. Who would have ever thought something like that would happen.

Jimmy

May 4th, 2010
10:07 pm

Altahama,

I’m pretty sure that I read that she had a restraining order out from Tucker’s blog when the news broke that Robinson was arrested. I could be mistaken though.

You said the police arrested him the first time because of a broken taillight and the fact that she had called police once already because of a “domestic dispute.” THIS should have been grounds for getting kicked off the team, IMO.

Afterall, Mett was arrested once but because he lied to the almighty he gets the boot.

You call it evenhandedness. I call it being fair. We know that’s not what this is about. When you give certain players special rules THIS is what happens.

Now Richt has been put in a situation where he had to kick Mett off the team just because of public scrutiny. This, even though it was his first offense.

Jimmy

May 4th, 2010
10:10 pm

…and don’t even try to pull that comparison off. Hooters waitresses are dressed like they are to attract men. We all know that. Even though I only go for the chicken wings!

AltamahaDawg

May 4th, 2010
10:29 pm

So it is your contention that Richt has special rules because he favor women abusers over a white suburban kid whose mom works for him?

BTW, I know from my dealing with my own almost grown kids now, I can overlook a mistake or poor judgement, and trying to make it right, but the punishment goes considerable higher , if they outright lie about it, while I am trying to be forgiving of the initial transgression.

When I was growing up, we drove around the country at about 14. I remember wrecking the folks LTD one night while they were gone. Dad was just going have just made me pay a small part of getting it fixed, but when he found out I had lied about the circumstanses, that’s when I lost the driving graces till I could get my own car.

Jimmy

May 4th, 2010
10:39 pm

While you make a fair point, I guess we’ll agree to disagree. Mett was kicked off the team for lying, which is fine.

I’m still talking about beating a female, or “slamming her to the ground” or however it was worded in the police report, compared to groping a female in a bar when youre drunk.

It’s an apples to oranges comparison to me. And I still think Mett was only booted after all of the other moron UGA athletes got arrested because they decided to get drunk in public. This is why i’m making all of these sarcastic remarks about his holyness.

Gatorbait 17-3

May 4th, 2010
10:49 pm

Bill,

let’s get this straight, the Gators for the foreseeable future won’t be “rebuilding”,
they RELOAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CDAWG

May 4th, 2010
10:55 pm

It really ticks me off when guys grab girls butts in a bar; with that being said I think a lot of us have done something in our lifetime that maybe we shouldn’t have. This is really a sad thing for Mett and the UGA fans. I was at the G-Day game and this kid has an amazing arm. I really hope that he has learned a lesson and gets into another College. If he does anything else stupid then there will be no sympathy for him at all.

AltamahaDawg

May 4th, 2010
10:57 pm

Well sure. Killing somebody would also be a LOT worse that what Mett did. But that doesnt mean that what he did shouldn’t carry dismissal too because its comparitively less worse. Would it have been more fair if Robinson was really, really, really kicked off.

It is apple and oranges, so I have no idea why compare them. That was my original point, One has nothing to do with the other.

But I’ll drop it.

AltamahaDawg

May 4th, 2010
11:16 pm

Fla Dawg, I would say if a lady basketball player grabbed some young man’s butt and chest, and refused to stop to the point that the secury inside the bar, (where she was underage drinking with a fake ID), had to escort her out, and she made such a scene about it, that the police had to get involved, then she stood in front of Andy Landers and outright lied about it to him, knowing the truth was going to eventually get out and betray his help in the matter, the YES, I would guess , she would be kicked off the team.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
11:50 pm

look f.ag. My kids are off limits. You creep.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
11:51 pm

I put what I am proud of on my profile facebook page. I bet you have some nude boy as yours

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
11:54 pm

There aint nothing that I hide from…it seems to me that I have been forthright in who I am. You seem to hide all the time by changing you moniker or by using mine. Low life

yeah whatever!

May 5th, 2010
12:01 am

Let me know who you are and when I come visit my kids I will be glad to look you up and explain in person how you dont fuuck with or talk about someones kids.

Buck in valdosta

May 5th, 2010
8:14 am

Bill King is a ........

May 5th, 2010
8:15 am

uga89

May 5th, 2010
9:37 am

Georgia Bulldogs

2008 Pre-season #1 ..FAIL
2009 Shreveport Bowl champs ..uh, congratulations?
2010 Overhyped Orange Bowl bid ..I think not ..try 3-4 losses and maybe a CFA Bowl bid.

U R Right

May 5th, 2010
9:49 am

The four black guys that allegedly smacked a married couple yet were not charged by the police are thugs.
Yet the white guy that was charged and plead guilty to underage drinking and sexual battery is simply a college kid practicing “flirting/drunken college shenanigans” that deserves a second chance. etc etc
Is it just me?

The new Brandon Spikes

May 5th, 2010
9:59 am

I can’t wait!

St. Richt

May 5th, 2010
10:00 am

Just thought I’d chime in again and say how this column sums up the state of UGA football: a mug shot and a preseason prediction of a BCS bowl game and a win against Florida. typical.

Wow!!

May 5th, 2010
10:01 am

Who got Patrick all wound up?

St. Richt

May 5th, 2010
10:01 am

ugaaccountant, don’t you have some beans to count? Or are you an unemployed ugaaccountant?

St. Richt

May 5th, 2010
10:03 am

oh, and I would say that I agree with PJ in that there are a lot of UGA fans who need to be punched in the mouth. Even UGA fans know that.

bammer's_suck

May 5th, 2010
10:18 am

root for Bama, He double hockey sticks NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never